Student Senate wants copy center to go recycled

Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 9:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 9:41 p.m.

A bill that would switch the Student Government Copy Center to using recycled paper was passed during Tuesday night’s Student Senate meeting.

The switch will require the Copy Center to purchase white copy paper that is at least 30 percent post-consumer content, according to the bill, which was co-authored by Gators for a Sustainable Campus.

Gators for a Sustainable Campus is a student organization that focuses on helping students contribute to economic, social and environmental sustainability.

The switch will cost about $500 more a year and will be absorbed by Student Government, according to Senator Jonathan Ossip, one of the authors of the bill.

“We really need to lead by example,” Ossip said. “I really feel that if we act now and we act first, then other parts of the university will be soon to follow.”

The switch only pertains to the Student Government Copy Center, which student organizations use to print flyers, signs, etc.

The change will take effect once a new order of paper is put in, according to authors of the bill.

Similar paper policy is already used by the U.S. government, the state of Florida and by the city of Gainesville, according to the bill’s authors.

In other actions, the Student Senate approved $775 to UF’s chapter of Doctors Without Borders.

Doctors Without Borders is a student organization dedicated to heightening awareness of global health issues in the community and fundraising on behalf of the international Doctors Without Borders.

Funding was also approved for the Florida Gymnastics Club -- $1,595 in order to compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs National Competition in San Marcos, Texas, in April.

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